Tura, Aug. 10: Suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels shot dead a village elder in East Garo Hills last night after accusing him of being a “police collaborator”.
According to sources, around six armed militants went to the house of the village elder, Simon Ch Marak, 50, at Koksi Nengsat village under Songsak police station, 35km from district headquarters Williamnagar, around 10 last night and called him out.
The rebels then accused Marak, who had just returned from fishing in a nearby stream, of helping the police and opened fire, killing him on the spot.
The police later recovered 15 empty cartridges of AK ammunition and four of a 7.65mm pistol from the spot. The rebels reportedly also left behind one live round of AK ammunition.
District police chief J.F.K. Marak said, “They (the militants) killed him on mere suspicion of being a police informer, which was not true. The victim never worked for us. He was a simple man.”
The police believe that the GNLA militants wanted to avenge the death of three of their comrades in arms in an operation in the village four months back.
Police commandos had raided a GNLA hideout in the village early on April 13, catching the militants holed up inside by surprise.
While two died on the spot, a third escaped with injuries, only to die later in a jungle.
The operation had led to the recovery of 50 detonators, an AK-56 rifle and a pistol from the hideout.